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(FedUp) Overdose Awareness Rally

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

Representative Carol Moss spoke to a full house this evening about the epidemic sweeping the nation and the state of Utah – preventable overdose deaths. 

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Utah lost 400 lives last year to overdose – 353 of them from prescription medications like oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine fentanyl, demerol, and heroin. Heroin becomes the drug of choice for addicts when they can no longer get prescriptions. Utah is 5th highest in the nation for overdose deaths. This state loses more people to overdoses than gun violence and traffic fatalities.

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In 2014 Representative Moss passed a “good Samaritan” bill that encourages someone witnessing an overdose to call 911 without the fear of being charged for use or possession of illegal drugs. Its companion bill, the “Naloxone Rescue Law”, allows someone who is not a medical professional to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to reverse an overdose. Now, a family member or friend of someone at risk for overdose can get a Naloxone kit, which, if squirted in the nose or injected into muscle will often get the victim breathing again in 1-3 minutes.

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Why is this hitting Utah so hard? A New York Times article from April of this year identified Salt Lake City as a target of drug cartels for being ripe for Heroin sales. A large white, middle class demographic with high rates of prescription pain medications within our state has pushed us over the edge into heroin use once those individuals can no longer get or afford prescriptions.

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The FedUp movement wants to bring this kind of addiction into the light. Addiction is a chronic illness, something that needs to be maintained through access to affordable healthcare and a web of support networks. Drugs like Naxolone are a step in the process to addiction recovery, but there are many more that can be taken to save the lives of our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.

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Utahns Unite to Prevent Overdose Deaths

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2015

Contact: Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
Utah House Democratic Caucus
801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

Utahns Unite to Prevent Overdose Deaths

Salt Lake City – Utahns led by the local chapter of Fed Up will rally on the south steps of the Utah Capitol on August 31st at 4 p.m. to call for more legislative and community action to end the epidemic of overdose deaths that is sweeping the state and the nation.

Who:              Sandra Kresser, Utah Fed Up Committee Chair
Representative Carol Spackman Moss
Dr. Jennifer Plumb, Pediatrician
Erin Finkbiner, Max & Jan Lovett
Darlene Schultz & Sonya Hohmeister
Mary Jo McMillen, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
Dennis Cecchini
Robbie Bills, Balance House Recovery Residence

What:             Utahns Unite to Prevent Overdose Deaths
Where:          Utah State Capitol, South Steps, 350 N State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84114
When:            Monday, August 31st, 4-6 p.m.

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Utah House Democrats Express Condolences to Colleague

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

Utah House Democrats Express Condolences to Colleague

Media Release

 

For Immediate Release: August 28 , 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

                       Utah House Democratic Caucus

                       801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Utah House Democrats Express Condolences to Colleague

 

Salt Lake City – The Utah House Democratic Caucus expresses their deepest condolences to former Representative and current Senator Gene Davis on the passing of his wife, Penny.

 

House Democratic Leader Brian King said, “Losing someone you love is always hard. Losing your spouse, your best friend, and your biggest champion is something we all wish to never have to go through. Senator Davis was sometimes the most visible spouse, but Penny held the strength of character to keep their family strong and healthy, even through numerous hard and fast 45 day stretches at the Legislature. We all find our inspiration from our lives and our homes. Penny was an inspiration to Senator Davis and to all of us. We hope that their family finds the greatest of peace in this hard time.”

 

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Dems Make Waves at Planned Parenthood Rally

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

Dems Make Waves at Planned Parenthood Rally

Utah House Democrats made waves at last night’s #StandwithPP rally on the Capitol’s steps. With upwards of 2000 attendees, our Reps spoke about the need for access to healthcare, education, and information for the entire state. House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck landed front page in today’s Salt Lake Tribune thanks to her willingness to call out Governor Herbert on this dangerous and purely political path. Below are tweets and photos from the event.

 

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Below, Representatives Chavez-Houck and Angela Romero speak with an activist.

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Representative Brian King and Senator Jim Dabakis in awe of the massive crowd.

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Representative Angela Romero speaks to Planned Parenthood ralliers, and her colleagues, on her experiences using Planned Parenthood.

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Leader King’s Comments on Prison Vote

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

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Representative Chavez-Houck Calls For Pro-Life Movement To Support Medicaid Expansion

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

Representative Chavez-Houck Calls For Pro-Life Movement To Support Medicaid Expansion

A message from House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck:

An average of 200 people in our state are dying every year due to lack of access to health care and coverage. As such, I argue that one cannot claim to be “pro-life” and anti-healthcare.

Medicaid Expansion supports those in need without judgment to their age, ability, dependency or the beliefs of others. It provides life-saving preventative care, affordable treatments and procedures. Medicaid expansion enacts the belief that “every human being matters, and we ought to act accordingly.”

Arguing against access to health care reduces your movement to pro-birth. If one is truly pro-life, they should  live up to their commitments as pro-life advocates and instead champion efforts to pass Medicaid expansion.

Representative Chavez-Houck sits on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, as well as the Governor’s Health Reform Task Force.

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Media Hears West Side Voices at Riverside Park

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

Today at Riverside Park in Salt Lake City, members of the media listened to the real opinions of Salt Lake City resident on whether or not the state prison should be moved into their area. These west side residents included elected officials like Representatives Sandra Hollins and Angela Romero, who said they welcome the opportunity to give their constituents a voice at the legislature. Below are photos from today’s event.

 

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Residents brought their children to this important event where people from the west side declared their opposition to hosting yet another state project that the rest of the state has refused.

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